Vitality in market to replace misutaaa; target Spinx - Report
After a disappointing early string of results, the French-Danish combine are considering making moves in the off-season.
Vitality are exploring changes to their roster after their first six months as an international lineup has failed to bear fruit, with 1pv.fr reporting that Kévin "misutaaa" Rabier is likely on the chopping block as the French organization eye up ENCE's Israeli superstar Lotan "Spinx" Giladi.
Since pivoting to an English-speaking international roster at the start of the year, Vitality have struggled to make it deep in tournaments. Although trophies weren't expected out of the gate, the additions of Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, Emil "Magisk" Reif, and Danny "zonic" Sørensen brought an expectation of better results than the team have had.
After making a splash at the BLAST Premier Spring Groups to kick off the year, Vitality faltered at IEM Katowice, ESL Pro League Season 15, PGL Major Antwerp, and IEM Dallas, exiting in the group stage of all four events. Their only deep run came at the BLAST Premier Spring Final, where they managed a runner-up finish, but what followed was another early exit from IEM Cologne, marking a dismal end to the first half of the season for the international roster.
Throughout the last six months, members of the team have been vocal regarding issues with communication and their struggle to mesh the styles of the Danish and French players, and it has seemingly come to a head as the tournament break gets underway as the team are now reportedly exploring replacements for misutaaa.
According to 1pv.fr, Spinx is one of Vitality's primary targets, although they are exploring other options as well as a transfer from ENCE may prove difficult. The 21-year-old Israeli rifler has turned heads over the last six months, helping ENCE briefly climb to the No. 2 spot in the world rankings by averaging a 1.17 rating on LAN since the start of the year.
Though he is not playing star roles, misutaaa has struggled to perform since Vitality transitioned to an international lineup, his LAN rating dropping from 1.01 in 2021 to 0.93 in 2022. With one month until tournament play starts again, the Frenchmen may be on the way out as Vitality feel out the market in the off-season.
Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)